The Guide to Eating Well
Personalised Nutrition & How It Benefits You
How is personalised nutrition different compared to "one-size-fits-all" nutrition plans? Let's find out today.
Whenever you have some issue with health, doctor’s or pharmacist’s advices will always be eat more vegetables and fruits, reduce intake of sugary food and fried food, exercise at least 3 times a week. Sounds familiar? We have been listening to all these nutrition advices for ages.
But if you’re like most people, your probably still have questions on top of all these advices. Should I cut carbs? Take lesser rice? Do I really need to ban butter from my kitchen? Then with fish oil, magnesium, and other nutrients/supplements to the mix, and it’s no wonder eating healthy is so confusing.
The answers are out there, but they’re slightly different for everyone. Meaning the one-size-fits-all approach is not working anymore, what’s right for you might not be right for your friends, because our body and genes are different from one and another.
That’s where nutrigenomic plays a role nowadays, that provides you a personalised nutrition insights. Nutrigenomics is the study of how genetics interact with the foods or supplement we eat. It helps you get scientific answers to your nutrition questions, considering that you’re unique. But that’s just one reason why it’s more valuable and effective than general food advice.
Know Which Nutrients To Prioritize
Imagine you’re looking for healthy breakfast option, should you consider low-fat? Low-carb? High protein? High fibre? Nutrigenomics or personalised nutrition can help you with that.
Let’s say you take on a nutrition genetic test, based on your biology and goal, your body are suitable for low-fat diet, but also focus on high fibre food. Then when you prepare your breakfast or look for granola, then you will know to check the product label that fits your requirement.
And this one simple choice could just make a positive impact on your healthy journey.
Of course that’s not to say you should disregard how much protein you eat, it’s still important to be mindful of all nutrients.
You can think of nutrigenomics as a filter: it highlights the nutrients that are most relevant for you, so it’s simpler to make healthy choices.
Eat Right Based On Your Unique Needs & Goals
The general guidelines from Ministry of Health or healthcare professionals are there to help majority of the Malaysians eat healthy, hopefully, but your nutrition needs might be different from others.
In Advanx Health, we offer DNA Wellness Plan, Nutri&Me that analyse your 140 genes and provides your 30 nutritional insights and actionable tips.
For example, if you are a coffee lover, you might want to know if your body can metabolizes caffeine fast or slow. Based on Nutri&Me DNA test, you'll be able to find out if you have the genetic predisposition to be a fast caffeine metabolizer, or a slow caffeine metabolizer.
According to research, slow caffeine metabolizers could have increased risk of heart attacks if they drink too much coffee, as compared with fast caffeine metabolizers.
When Advanx Health analyse your genes and provide you personalised nutrition, we take into consideration of Malaysian food options, your health goal and your genetic make-up. Then we provide you a personalised in-depth nutrition tips that you can take action on.
More Likely To Stick With A Personalized Plan
Research has also shown that people who are given personalized nutrition advice are more likely to stick with their eating plan than people who receive non-personalized advice.
But why is personalization more effective? Consider the difference between a student in a large class and one who works with a private tutor. The more guidance you have, the more successful you’re likely to be.
Nutrigenomics and personalized nutrition also takes the guesswork out of eating right. You’ll know based on your genetic make-up and goals, whether you have a reason to dial down your carb intake or stay away from butter.
When you don’t have to do guessing that much, it’s much easier to make healthy choices on your own. And you can feel more confident that the choices you make will lead to a positive result.
There goes the era of general food advice, personalized nutrition is the way forward.